Nnaji and Soludo will catalyze the development of the Southeast, says the group

The election of former Energy Minister Bart Nnaji as the next Governor of Enugu State will accelerate development in the southeast as he will work in tandem with Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Enugu State. ‘Anambra to make the area one of the most dynamic economies in the world. world.

This is the view of the Association of Enugu State Young Professionals (ESYP), which recalls that the defunct eastern region of Nigeria was one of the fastest growing economies in the world until the coup. January 15, 1966 military.

“Professor Nnaji and Prof. Soludo are not only development-oriented leaders,” the young professionals revealed in a statement in Enugu yesterday signed by Dr. Nnamdi Nwoye, medical doctor, who is the president of the association, and Dan Ani, an architect. , the publicity secretary.

“They quickly remind us of our highly educated and far-sighted leaders like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Dr. Michael Okpara who in their day designed and built the country’s first native university, Nigeria’s first native bank, Nigeria’s first steel company. Nigeria, Nigeria’s No. 1 Gas Company, Nigeria’s No. 1 Cement Company and many more, achievements that have led to Eastern Nigeria having one of the most competitive economies in Africa and beyond. away in a very short time”.

Professionals noted that both Nnaji and Soludo recorded history-changing initiatives and possessed a pan-Eastern Nigerian vision, citing the 141-megawatt Geometric Power Station at Aba for providing quality and consistent power to nine of the 17 Local Government Areas in Abia State. by the former energy minister.

and the Central Bank branches in Anambra and other southeastern states built when Soludo was Governor of the Central Bank.

They recalled that when Nnaji was chairman of the industrialization and technology committee of Ohanaeze, Soludo headed the political committee.

“Thus, it is clear that Nnaji and Soludo have always considered the whole of Igboland, not just the South East, as their constituency,” they state.

The Young Professionals in Enugu State also disclosed that Nnaji and Soludo have been working together in bodies such as the South East Economic Development Commission (SEDEC).

“Professor Nnaji and Prof. Soludo will lead other Governors in the South East to work closely with their fellow Governors in the rest of Eastern Nigeria to promote unity and cooperation among States and more importantly , to allow the region to regain its renaissance from the development of the First Republic.

“This will help stem the tide of many of our people flocking to other places in search of business and employment opportunities that are often non-existent.

“Needless to say, SAS, the rebirth of development will see Enugu regain its place as the seat of eastern Nigeria in truth and spirit.”

Sara H. Byrd